Portland victim's mother appeals to Trump to condemn acts of hate

Taliesin died a hero, like many other Americans who have died defending freedom.

In a news release, police said they're investigating Christian's background, "including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology".

She asked Trump to encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another, and that he condemn any violence stemming from hate speech or hate groups.

Those gathered in court Tuesday included Micah Fletcher, who survived the stabbing after being seriously wounded, as well as supporters of his two fatal victims, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best. The mayor says his main concern was participants "coming to peddle a message of hatred", saying hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.

"Death to Antifa!" he yelled in court Tuesday, referring to antifascism.

"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me", Mangum told CNN affiliate KPTV, as her voice cracked.

"I just didn't want him to be alone", Macy said.

Christian faces multiple charges for aggravated murder, intimidation in the second degree, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

Christian will make his first court appearance in the case Tuesday, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney. He's now being held without bail until his arraignment.

One of the victims in Friday's Portland hate speech stabbing had Juneau ties. "Because they didn't even know me and they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look".

"These fearless men saw the immediate injustice and didn't hesitate to act", she wrote. He yelled at Mangum, who is not Muslim, and her friend, using what police described as "hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions". "I've talked to most of his coworkers today, and several of them said it's just like Rick to step in and help somebody out", Best's supervisor, Kareen Perkins, told the Oregonian.

The friend, who identified himself as Jamie, said he had known Christian for 15 years and they were both homeless. At one point, he threatens to stab the driver of the train Thursday, according to video from a passenger posted by TV station KOIN.

Police charged Jeremy Christian with stabbing and killing two men and injuring a third.

After being called out for two days of silence, President Donald Trump on Monday said in a statement via his official Twitter: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable".

He said he met Chase Robinson and Larry Blackwell, and the three men confronted the suspect, who turned on them with a knife.

The attacker shouted foul language and ranted against Muslims just after he boarded the train last Friday, passenger Rachel Macy told The Oregonian/OregonLive (https://goo.gl/6nESya ).

The teens moved toward the back of the train, preparing to get off at the next stop. "Like, I don't know what to do after that, you know".

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that the community is sad and angry, and the rallies are inappropriate and could be risky.

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